Dermal fillers or soft tissue cosmetic fillers are the most sought-after non-invasive cosmetic procedure in the US, second only to Botox. Dermal fillers help address facial folds and wrinkles, create volume in depleted facial areas, and enhance the contours of the face. These fillers can sometimes be used in the hands and neck as well.
Compared to cosmetic surgery, dermal fillers provide outcomes rapidly with few risks and minimal downtime. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman provides dermal filler injections to patients in Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding locations in this part of the country.
Individuals above 18 years of age seeking to address one or more of the below-mentioned conditions can make ideal candidates for a dermal filler treatment:
- Wrinkles or deep lines in the areas around the eyes, mouth, forehead, or brows
- Enhancement of the contours of the jaws or lips
- Improve the depleted regions of the face which encompass the jawline, cheeks, and lips
- Addressing depressions and scars on the face caused by injury, acne, and congenital defects
- Want to avoid facial cosmetic surgery
The dermal filler treatment starts with a topical anesthetic and can be conducted in the treatment provider’s office within 15 to 20 minutes. Specifically, working professionals and busy mothers prefer dermal filler procedures as they usually require only one in-office treatment session, with no particular recovery period, and can conveniently fit into their hectic schedules.
A dermal filler gel will be injected using a narrow needle in the problem areas in the forehead and face. This area includes the region surrounding the eyes and mouth, forehead, cheeks, and jawline. The area, quantity, and depth of the dermal filler injections are dependent on the kind of dermal filler used and the unique goals of the patient.
Certain fillers contain a local anesthetic such as lidocaine. This will help the patient remain comfortable while receiving filler injections without the need local anesthesia separately. The procedure is usually completed in about 15 to 20 minutes.
Types of Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are largely categorized into three classes. These include permanent, semi-temporary, and temporary facial fillers. Fillers containing hyaluronic acid are generally considered as temporary dermal fillers. The results with these fillers may sustain for about six months to one year. Other types of fillers will provide longer lasting results.
Fillers containing hyaluronic acid, such as Belotero, Restalyne, Juvederm Voluma, and Juvederm Ultra are some of the most sought-after dermal treatments. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body and supports skin structure and enhances volume and fullness. These fillers are biocompatible and require no prior allergy tests.
Dermal fillers such as Sculptra Aesthetic contain Poly-L-lactic. This provides these fillers with more longevity as they enhance the volume of depleted facial areas or correct deep lines on the face. Radiesse is a calcium compound based filler than can produce longer lasting outcomes compared to HA fillers.
Permanent fillers contain polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). These microspheres cannot be absorbed by the body. Bellafill is a common PMMA based filler treatment. Committed plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman receives patients from Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and other towns and cities in The Mother of Presidents.